Today, Qantas is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
100 years ago on November 16, 1920, Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services (QANTAS) was founded by Hudson Fysh, Paul McGinness, and Fergus McMaster.
Qantas initially transported mail within Australia and began passenger services to Singapore in the 1930s. Qantas gradually transitioned to an all-Boeing 747 fleet decades later and founded its low-cost subsidiary Jetstar in 2004.
This past decade has illustrated Qantas’ ambitious and successful expansion plans by taking advantage of the latest advancements in aircraft engineering and technology:
Qantas held the record of “the world’s longest flight” for over three years with its nonstop Sydney to Dallas/Fort Worth service.
In March 2018, Qantas connected Australia with the United Kingdom using a historic nonstop flight from Perth to London on the 787-9.
In late-2019, Qantas completed three Project Sunrise Test Flights by operating nonstop experimental flights from London and New York City to Sydney.
In December 2019, Qantas announced intentions to order modified Airbus A350-1000s to serve its Project Sunrise routes.
Although COVID-19 has put a pause on Qantas’ expansion plans to Chicago and Project Sunrise flights to New York and Sydney, the airline is still looking towards the future with potential new destinations with travel bubbles.
Here’s one of Qantas’ new 100-year celebration videos:
Qantas is officially now the third airline to surpass 100 years since being founded following KLM and Avianca.
Because of COVID-19, celebrations have been minimized, but Qantas is planning a low-level flyover of Sydney Harbour on the evening of its anniversary (today). The flight path is expected to pass near Rose Bay where our Empire Flying Boats took off for Singapore between 1938 and 1942.
This flyover is likely going to be operated with VH-ZNJ, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with Qantas’ Centenary livery. This aircraft was grounded on April 23 but was ferried from Brisbane to Sydney two days ago.
Qantas Press Release/Image Credits
Qantas’ Timeline image: https://www.dropbox.com/s/9vv1ozf0nnelq24/The%20story%20of%20Qantas%20(1920-2020).pdf?dl=0
Qantas 787 Centenary Image Credits: https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/9571770
Congratulations to Qantas!